This post is long overdue, and my only excuse is that I have been working!!! I have been hidden away in the studio for hours on end trying to get all the artwork ready for my forthcoming exhibition Delta & Desert: Journeys Into the Wilderness, which forms part of the National Arts Festival, that is held annually here in Grahamstown. With only a month to go, the pressure is now on!
However, last night, I ventured out to be sociable at the launch of For Rhino In A Shrinking World, and what a wonderful evening it was. The venue was packed to capacity and there was a sense that everyone there was genuinely concerned about the plight of the endangered rhino, and wanting to be a part of this wonderful project.
Speakers included wildlife veterinarian, Dr. William Fowlds, publisher, Dr. Amitabh Mitra, environmentalist/university lecturer, Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka, and poet, Harry Owen, who so eloquently reminded us of why we were there. He showed us a wonderful, touching excerpt from Sir Richard Attenborough’s documentary,Africa, showing rhino socializing at night. The atmosphere was heightened by the poems that were read by several of those who had contributed their work to the book, and was rounded off by the playing of David Mallett’s thought provoking song So You Say the Battle is Over?.
Music for the evening was provided by Lawrence Sisitka’s band Nia, which was much enjoyed by all.
The book For Rhino in a Shrinking World: An International Anthology features the work of poets from many different countries around the world. It is edited by Harry Owen and illustrated by me. The cost of the book is R195.00 and all funds will be going to help protect the rhino via the Chipembere Rhino Foundation. To order your copy, contact Harry Owen or order online through the Poets Printery.
My contribution to the evening was the launch of a series of greeting cards and signed limited edition prints of all the drawings that feature in the book. They are now available for sale, so if any of you out there might like to purchase and help the rhino cause, 10% of sales will be going to the rhino. Several of the framed original works have already sold, but there are still a few available. Contact me for details.
The cards are selling for R30.00 each.
The limited edition prints are R250.00 each
Original works range from R1800.00 – R2300.00
It’s a very worthy cause, so lets all support it!